APC at liberty to use direct or indirect primaries – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode at the APC Ward Congresses in Lagos (Photo Credit: Channels TV)
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode at the APC Ward Congresses in Lagos (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is at liberty to employ either direct or indirect primary in choosing its candidates, Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, has said.

He said the party will comply with provisions of its constitution in the process.

Mr Ambode said this while responding to questions from journalists after an APC caucus meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

“The fact remains that the constitution of our party allows us to carry out our primaries and elections using direct or indirect primaries.

“We cannot disagree with the constitution so either direct or indirect primaries, you are at liberty to justify the choice you want to pick, once it suits your purpose and in line with constitution as the state determines.

“The whole essence is for us to deepen democracy and also allow our members to participate in this whole process. The idea is once you have party members that are able to take decisions on who should represent them, I think we would have gone a step higher and better than other parties, that makes us a better party,” he said.

APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in July said the party would adopt direct primary method in Osun State in choosing a candidate ahead of the state’s governorship election.

Mr Oshiomole said the method remains the ”most democratic way of handling the primary.”

The party went ahead employing the method to choose its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.


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